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More Politicians coming to LU: Gilmore

Former Gov. Jim Gilmore will be in Lynchburg on Friday for campaign appearances at Liberty University.

Gilmore, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, will attend convo, then speak to the school’s chapter of College Republicans later that day.

But the former governor is not the guest speaker at convocation.

The College Republicans meet will be at 6 p.m. meeting. Gilmore likely will speak about his campaign, national security, and the economy.

Gilmore faces opposition from Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, for the Republican nomination and to challenge former Gov. Mark Warner, the Democratic contender, for the seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. John Warner, R-Va.

The Helms School of Government will host a private reception and meet-and- greet with Gilmore at 5 p.m.

He expects that Gilmore may ask club members for campaign assistance.

He will be held in room 1101 of the DeMoss Learning Center.

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Liberty University help teach computer skills to prisoners

Liberty University and the Department of Corrections would team up to give prisoners a computer-based educational opportunity under legislation proposed by Del. Kathy Byron, R-Campbell County.The program would be a prototype, unlike any in Virginia or most prison systems in other states. Few Virginia prisoners have any kind of access to a computer.

Inmates would not be able to use the Internet.

The purpose is to cut down the number of inmates who, upon their release, commit new crimes and come back to prison because they lack the work skills needed in society.

Although the program’s design is taken from Liberty’s distance-learning program that reaches around the world, the computers in the prison would reach no farther than a server located in the same classroom with the prisoners. A Liberty University instructor, who also would serve as the only tutor, would load the course material for each student onto that server.

Inmates could study at different levels in the same classroom at the same time.

While one might work on remedial high-school level studies, another could be earning credits toward a college degree in, for

example, business administration.

Language in the budget bill proposed by the House Finance Committee this week directs the Corrections Department to have the program operating by September at the Green Rock Correctional Center in Chatham.

Green Rock, opened in 2007, is a medium-security prison that can hold about 1,000 inmates.

The ultimate goal is to have the program expanded to other prisons in Virginia.

Although the program would be established in the budget bill, no state funding is involved.

The program’s goal is preventing recidivism, or inmates returning to prison.

Most prison tutorial programs are based on correspondence courses. The soft-cover books they use are much like the ones his father studied about 80 years ago.

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Falwell Parkway one step closer

The House of Delegates voted 90-3 Monday to name a section of U.S. 460 in Lynchburg the Jerry Falwell Parkway, which means only the signature of Gov. Timothy M. Kaine is necessary to complete the naming. The section of U.S. 460 between the Monacan Bridge in Lynchburg and Wards Road in Campbell County will carry the name of Falwell, who died May 15 at the age of 73.

The legislation was sponsored by Sen. Steve Newman, R-Lynchburg, with an endorsement in the House by Del. Kathy Byron, R-Campbell County.

Byron told House members Monday that the stretch of road covers much of the area where Falwell spent his life, reaching from Thomas Road Baptist Church and Liberty University on the south side of Lynchburg to an area to the east where his ancestors settled 200 years ago and his father’s businesses were located.

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The Plaza Has New Developer

It’s under contract and the new developer has major plans. Liberty University says they’ve sold The Plaza to a Virginia developer. They can’t release details because it’s under contract, but it sold for more than 11.7 million dollars.  The Plaza was donated to Liberty several months ago by the shopping center’s previous owner.

Liberty is expected to make an announcement for The Plaza’s plans in the next couple of months.

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Update on the car crash

The Lynch Station man found dead at the scene of a traffic accident at Liberty University on Saturday night died of natural causes not related to the crash, according to a Lynchburg Police Department press release issued Sunday.James R. Dowdy, 61, died after an accident at the school’s Williams Stadium, on University Boulevard, Saturday night.

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